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Why Juno Award nominee Chelsea Stewart feels Some Nerve by Patty Chang Anker is so relatable

The 2019 reggae recording of the year finalist recommends reading this nonfiction book about personal transformation.
Chelsea Stewart is a singer-songwriter from Toronto. (Riverhead Books, Submitted by Chelsea Stewart)

The annual Juno Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in Canadian music. The 2019 Juno Awards will air live from London, Ont. on Sunday, March 17, 2019 on CBC Television, CBC Radio and CBCMusic.ca.

CBC Books asked some of the 2019 nominees to share their favourite books. Born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, Chelsea Stewart is a singer-songwriter who is up for a Juno in the reggae recording of the year category with her debut pop-reggae Genesis EP.

Stewart recommended the nonfiction book Some Nerve by Patty Chang Anker.

"After discovering my love for fiction at a very young age, I hadn't considered nonfiction until a few years ago. I made the decision to try out some motivational novels just to keep my positive outlook on life as an artist entrepreneur. Thanks to an app on my phone, I was able to download books from my local library while I was away working on my debut album in Kingston, Jamaica. The book that inspired me the most was entitled Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave by Patty Chang Anker.

"The title is pretty self-explanatory, but the stories she told were both hilarious and relatable. Although most would consider someone that sings in front of thousands of people brave, I still have some fears in life that I have yet to face. Patty told stories of learning how to ride a bike, surf, do a handstand, et cetera. What I learned from this book is that sometimes facing what seem to be small challenges in life can allow you to tackle the bigger challenges, armed with a newfound courage to win any battle that comes your way."

Listen to the song Just Wanna Love You by Chelsea Stewart

Chelsea Stewart's comments have been edited and condensed.